Catherine the Great
Empress of All the Russias

NameCatherine the Great (1729 - 1796)
Also Known AsEkaterina
Empress (Tsarina) of All the Russias
BiographyCatherine was born in 1729 in Stettin (which was then part of Prussia, but is now in Poland).Main source:
Catherine the Great - Empress of all the Russias
Catherine overthrew her husband Peter III in 1762 and became Tsarina Catherine II.
Catherine the Great was one of the 'enlightened autocrats' of the 18th Century. She was a 'Westerniser'.
She greatly enlarged Russian influence (for example, her invasion of the Crimea) whilst also modernising its institutions (for example, the establishment of the Duma and introduction of European-style education).
Catherine died in 1796.

Catherine QuoteI shall be an autocrat: that's my trade. And the good Lord will forgive me: that's his.
Catherine the Great.
LinksCatherine the Great - Empress of all the Russias. A useful site with a chronology and other resources.
Genealogy of the Romanov Royal House entry on Catherine the Great - by Timo Haapanen.
The Princess who became an Empress. On Ursula's History Web.

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